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April 12, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(15):1201-1202. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650410043019

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Two weeks ago The Journal carried in the Propaganda department a story regarding one Pierson Worrall Banning of Los Angeles and his book "Mental and Spiritual Healing: All Schools and Methods; A Text Book for Physicians and Metaphysicians."

Banning had obtained international publicity for his book by means of a story to the effect that his work was such a stupendous literary and scientific accomplishment that its author had been awarded £2,500 by the trustees of the "Benjamin Franklin Fund" of London. Six months previously another piece of publicity had appeared in behalf of the same book. This was a story, purporting to emanate from the "Albany Chamber of Commerce," regarding the bringing back to life of a patient who had died "at the County Hospital at Albany." The resurrection had been accomplished by a woman who had learned the trick by reading Banning's "Mental and Spiritual Healing." This also

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